Vickey Liles Sullivan
November 20, 1957 – November 29, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family of Vickey Liles Sullivan announces that she went to be with The Lord on Thursday morning, November 29, 2018 in Huntsville, Alabama. She peacefully departed this life surrounded by family and friends and is now rejoicing with the angels. Vickey, daughter of the late Loice Liles and Geneva Liles Childers, was born November 20, 1957 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She attended the public schools of Etowah County, Alabama and was a graduate of the University of Alabama. She also earned a Master’s degree from Alabama A&M University. At an early age she professed her faith in Jesus Christ as a member of East Gadsden Church of God. She was united in holy matrimony to Darrell Edwin Sullivan on June 8 of 1984. This union was blessed with two children. Vickey found joy in being an active member of Life Church Huntsville where she faithfully served as the President of Women’s Ministries and was the first and only woman to ever hold the chairperson for the Christian Education Board at her church. Vickey also enjoyed serving as a choir member, organist, Sunday School teacher, and Girls Club teacher throughout her lifetime. Vickey was passionate about education and fulfilled her dream of becoming a school teacher as an employee of the Madison County School System where she taught for over 30 years. She began as a high school teacher and later transitioned to her role as the Instructional Technology Specialist where she educated teachers for the last twenty-five years. In this role, she also served as the director of the Madison County Librarians Association and the Technology in Motion group. She truly loved her job and has impacted the lives of countless students and teachers during her career. Vickey’s family was her pride and joy. She loved attending Alabama football games with them, having game nights with friends, and always made everyone around her feel welcome and loved. She is lovingly and proudly remembered by her husband of 34 years, Darrell, mother Geneva, sister Carolyn (Greg), sons Matthew and Jacob (Hannah), and step-daughter Amy, along with her grandson Logan, and many family and friends. A celebration of Vickey’s life will be held on Monday, December 3, at Life Church Huntsville preceding her burial at Valhalla Cemetery. Those who knew Vickey are invited to a visitation Sunday, December 2 at 5-8pm to reminisce with and support her family and friends. Vickey was a friend, mentor, and leader to countless people, and her legacy will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her.
- Visitation Sunday, December 2, 2018
- Celebration of Life Service Monday, December 3, 2018
- Burial Monday, December 3, 2018
Vickey Liles Sullivan
December 3, 2018
Class of 1976 10 Year Reunion
December 2, 2018
Vickey is my cousin. Her grandmother Emma was my grandfather John William's younger sister. My mother Doris was very close to her father Loice. Vickey and my brother Don are the same age (she was from the 20th until the 29th older than him, and it is especially sad for me that she left us on his birthday). Even when time and distance has been between us, there has always been a fierce and forever love amongst our family. Vickey was so bright and so talented and so good and so kind that I am honored to have been her blood relation. Her mother Geneva is very, very special to Mama and me. Geneva and Caroline are foremost in our thoughts right now although I know how absolutely terrible this loss is for Vickey's husband and children too. I am quite sure that Loice and Aunt Emma and all the others in our family who have already gone on were right there waiting to greet Vickey with open arms when she arrived in Heaven. Her beautiful soul, her loving kindness, her many talents...everything about Vickey will be missed by those of us who remain here on Earth. God rest Vickey's sweet soul.
December 2, 2018
Vickey and I were friends for 55 years. We were each other’s best buds through Grammar School and High School; through fashion faux pas and boyfriend broken hearts. She and I worked our first part time jobs together and were generally “thick as thieves”. We were not Sisters of the blood, but were Sisters of the heart.
We had reserved parking spots our Senior year in High School and had many a fun time driving each other to school events. We use to say we were just like Sisters except “ hers was black and mine was red—hers had 4 and mine had 2”. We were Car Sisters or “Costers”. I am proud to have known AND honored to have been loved by her.
I love you, Coster! Save a parking spot for me!
December 1, 2018
I first met Vickey over 30 years ago. We were both interested in using these things called computers that were appearing in classrooms. Our careers were similar - with hers in Huntsville and mine near Birmingham. Most years we would only see each other at the summer technology conference, but I have always considered her my friend. In the early years there were very few who did what we did so it was always wonderful to meet and share what we’d learned. Occasionally we would cross paths at an Alabama football game.
Vickey was a beautiful person, always humble and always willing to share anything she knew. I sincerely regret not making more of an effort to stay in touch. I personally know that life is short and that we are not promised tomorrow. While I sincerely believe that Vickey is now in perfect peace, my thoughts and prayers are with her family who will now have a huge hole in their lives where Vickey once resided.
This world is a lesser place without Vickey, but I am grateful for having known her and the assurance that I will one day see her again.
November 30, 2018
As a part of our Madison County Library Association, Vickey was our link and representative to Central Office and she was our biggest cheerleader. But more than that, she was a friend to each of us. Her big smile and big heart were unparalleled. I am so thankful to have known Vickey. While I rejoice in her home going and being in the presence of our Lord, her absence here among us leaves a hole. Vickey will be missed greatly by us all. My prayers are with her family.
(The photo is from last February when Vickey met up with elementary librarians on a "field trip" to observe how other librarians do MakerSpace. )